Smart Key question

Discussion in 'Hyundai Kona Electric' started by BlueKonaEV, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Well-Known Member

    Yesterday, I lost (and luckily found again) one of my smart keys for the Kona. I had to use my truck to haul some appliances and still had my Kona key in my pocket and it fell out and ended up below my truck's drivers seat.. Luckily I found it.. Now to my question. Is it possible to program a new key yourself or do you have to go to the dealership to get it programmed? You can buy a Kona key off Ebay from Korea for under $60 + $15 shipping, so for $75.. If you'd get a new key from the dealership, you are likely looking at $100's of dollars. On my F150, I can program extra keys myself if I have the 2 original keys. Same thing was the case with my Mustang Convertible that I owned before the Kona. Is there a way to program the key yourself? I looked through the manual but there is no mention of programming a key yourself.
     
  2. ericy

    ericy Active Member

    It varies a lot from manufacturer to manufacturer. I believe Hyundai uses something called "immobilizer" - and that's something that VW also had which I am a lot more familiar with. Each key fob has a different wireless ID, and one of the modules in the car has a list of the key fobs that are allowed to start the car. With VW, I had a tool for reprogramming this (but I needed a 4-digit pin number that was sometimes quite difficult to get). Most people would go to the dealer to do this and pay a few bucks, however. I expect that with Hyundai it will be similar - one would need to take all of the key fobs to the dealer and have them reprogram the car to only accept those key fobs.

    The system they use for unlocking the doors is sometimes a separate step - in some cases that's something you can do yourself if you know the magic sequence of things to do.

    I am tempted to say that the EV and ICE versions of Kona are likely to use the same mechanisms for doing all of this. If you find more definitive information related to the ICE version of the car somewhere, I would take that to be most likely to be correct.
     
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  8. Robbert

    Robbert Active Member

    It's really unfortunate that there isn't a standard for key fobs... We now have 3 cars in the family, two Toyotas and the Kona. My pocket is full of fobs. I would love to be able to combine them into one.
     
  9. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Well-Known Member

    Our cell phones can unlock based on facial recognition or IRIS scan. There is no reason why you shouldn't be able to do the same with a car.. It should also be possible to use your smartphone as a key for your car.. It's all doable at current technology.
     
  10. ericy

    ericy Active Member

    That may be, but I know of no manufacturer that supports this.

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  11. R P

    R P Well-Known Member

    Still would need a FOB of some kind for a valet or when you take your car in for service.
     
  12. Robbert

    Robbert Active Member

    I know one manufacturer that does.. Begins with a T and ends in esla. ;)
     
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  13. R P

    R P Well-Known Member

    Hey, I can unlock my car with the BlueLink on my phone. Might have to stand there and wait a few minutes...:)
     
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  14. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Well-Known Member

    Certainly.. However, I NEVER have any of my cars valet parked.. I rather park 1 mile away where I can self park.
     
  15. Robbert

    Robbert Active Member

    Yeah, but you can't drive it with just BlueLink.....
     
  16. BlueKonaEV

    BlueKonaEV Well-Known Member

    Unlock - yes.. Drive - no
     
  17. R P

    R P Well-Known Member

    Thank goodness...:)
     
  18. ericy

    ericy Active Member

    Neither do I. My wife doesn't get it. It stems from years of driving a stick, and some of the valets have a lot of trouble with that.

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